Tony Hawk is entering the metaverse. The professional skateboarder has announced plans to build the “biggest skate park in the metaverse” in partnership with virtual world The Sandbox and NFT platform Autograph. The park, called Tony Hawk Land, is described as “part virtual real estate, part amusement park.”
Tony Hawk Land will be built on the Ethereum blockchain, allowing users to exchange cryptocurrency in order to purchase virtual plots of land as well as trade in-game items as NFTs. These NFTs will be created by Autograph based on the skateboarder and his board designs, equipment and clothing.
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Hawk released a press statement describing his plans for the ambitious metaverse skate park and his love for the technology, stating:
“I have been a fan of new technology all of my life – from the first videogames and home computers with CGI capabilities – so I am fascinated by the metaverse, and excited to bring our culture into the virtual landscape of The Sandbox.”
The Sandbox already has quite a list of partners including Ubisoft’s Rabbids, Snoop Dogg, The Walking Dead, Deadmau5, Atari, Care Bears and more. It seems to be growing by the month, despite reports of NFT sales dropping to record lows recently.
Everyone involved in Tony Hawk Land seems confident about its success. “The Sandbox will make these NFTs interoperable in its open metaverse, turning Autograph’s high-fidelity avatars into 3D voxel versions that have in-game functionality for experiences, adding utility and value for their owners,” said a press release.
Gaming companies like Square Enix, Ubisoft, SEGA and more continue to push the technology forward. However, it remains a hotly debated topic among the community who have strong (and perfectly valid) opinions about whether NFTs have any place in video games.
Source: Video Games Chronicle